Jesuit Word of the Day

Cura Personalis

A Latin phrase that translates to “care of the whole person.” It suggests individualized attention to the needs of others, distinct respect for unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for singular gifts and insights. The phrase is also a motto of a number of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Source: Jesuit Dictionary, by Peter Schineller, SJ, Wikipedia

Pope meets with Fondazione “Carlo Maria Martini”

Source: Vatican Radio

Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met [on August 30, 2013] with Father Carlo Casalone, SJ,  Provincial of the Society of Jesus for Italy, who was accompanying members of the “Fondazione Carlo Maria Martini” on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of the famous Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, who died on August 31, 2012. The foundation was established to preserve his legacy.
During the brief meeting, Pope Francis recounted his memories of the late Cardinal, in particular his address on faith and justice during the 1974 General Congregation of the Jesuits.
Pope Francis called him a prophet of peace, and encouraged the Foundation in its work, recalling the duty of children to their fathers. He called Cardinal Martini a father in the Church, not only for his diocese, but for countless people.
“We, at the ends of the world,” said Pope Francis, “received from him a great contribution to biblical knowledge, but also because of his spirituality and life of faith, were nourished by the Word of God.”

Ignatius retreats offer spiritual workout

Source: WNY Catholic News

Sister Mary Lou Schnitzer, SSJ, (left to right) Father Richard J Hoar, SJ, Gini Schultz and Joseph Ritzert exercise their bodies as well as their minds with the Ignatian Workout. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

Sister Mary Lou Schnitzer, SSJ, (left to right) Father Richard J Hoar, SJ, Gini Schultz and Joseph Ritzert exercise their bodies as well as their minds with the Ignatian Workout. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

BUFFALO, NY. In order to have a fit body, one must work and sweat. The same must be done for achieving a fit spirit. St. Ignatius of Loyola became the Jack LaLanne of spirituality when he devised a set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises, known as spiritual exercises, in the 1500s.

These exercises are a journey of prayer, which can be a time of deep personal conversion, a time of renewed commitment and more enthusiastic living of the Christian life, leading to a spiritual freedom, especially in making life choices.

The exercises themselves are a series of meditations, prayers and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius to help people deepen their relationship with God. They are commonly used in a monthslong program of daily prayer and meetings with a prayer group. This is known as a “retreat in daily life.”  Continue reading

Jesuit-initiated consultations on ecology in Kerala, India

Source: ECOJESUIT

Opening ceremonies at Calicut, a city in Kerala

Opening ceremonies at Calicut, a city in Kerala

Saddened by the continuing degradation of Kerala, referred to by tourist posters as “God’s own country,” and urged by the church and the Society of Jesus to plunge into a ministry to protect and nurture God’s creation, Father James Morais, SJ from Kerala Province, Father Robert Athickal, SJ from Patna Province, and Father Rappai Poothokaren, SJ from Gujarat Province initiated and organized four consultation on ecology and ecospirituality sessions last June 2013.

Kerala is the strip of land wedged between the Western Ghats in India and the Arabian Sea, flourished with the abundance of nature’s bounty. Almost six months of rain and closeness to the equator makes Kerala a tropical paradise of biodiversity, appearing in world tourist literature as one of the 50 “must see” places in the world! Continue reading

Middle-East Scholar Paints Stark but Realistic Picture of the Situations in Syria and Egypt

Source: National Catholic Reporter

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir is a professor of philosophy, theology and Islamic studies based at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. He also teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

In an Aug. 27 interview, Father Samir, a native of Cairo, discussed the precarious situations in Egypt — where sympathizers with the Muslim Brotherhood have targeted the Coptic Catholic and Christian churches for retribution for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi — and Syria — where the civil war and the use of chemical weapons on civilians has escalated the conflict to the point that the United States is considering military engagement in the Middle-Eastern country. Continue reading